Cheap flights to Paris
There really is nowhere quite like Paris. New York may have the buzz and London may have the nightlife, but Paris has the romance, the architecture and the food. The ‘City of Light’ has long been the preferred city break destination for doe-eyed couples who come for the unrivalled architecture, the quality of its restaurants and romantic night cruises down the River Seine.
But there is more to Paris than just the language of love. This place is also the capital of fashion, haute cuisine and is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. Paris is full of galleries dripping with artistic masterpieces and streets filled with some of the most iconic buildings in the world. Anyone fancy a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, or a walk along the Champs Elysées with its endless array of designer stores?
If you find yourself stuck inside with bored kids on a rainy day, then make a beeline for the Cité des Enfants, an interactive science museum especially for little ones. This magical place encourages kids to learn through a whole range of hands-on activities, from playing with balance to producing the energy to power a television (30 Avenue Corentin-Cariou, 75019, cite-sciences.fr).
Looking for a spooky activity for Halloween? Check out Le Manoir de Paris, a haunted museum that provides a fascinating insight into Paris's dark history via 13 chilling legends. The impressive decor, convincing costumes and talented actors will have you quaking in your boots (18 Rue de Paradis, 75010, lemanoirdeparis.com).
On 3-14 September, Paris will be swinging to the sound of the Jazz à la Villette festival. Highlights include film screenings for the little ones and a 1959 Jazz Marathon, which sees contemporary musicians breathe new life into "Kind of Blue", "Time Out" and other classic jazz albums from that year. We can't think of a better way to combat those end-of-summer blues. jazzalavillette.com
From 23 July to 24 August, the Parc de la Villette will be transformed into a huge outdoor cinema for the Cinema en Plein Air festival. Films from directors such as Wes Anderson and Ken Loach have been selected with this year's theme of "adolescence" in mind. The show doesn't start until nightfall, when a huge inflatable screen pops up under the stars. Make a night of it by starting early with a picnic (211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019, villette.com).
Finding an exhibition that won't bore your kids to tears can be easier said than done, but Motion Factory at the Gaîté Lyrique should do the trick. It provides a fascinating insight into the creation process of animated cinema and workshops are available to keep the little ones amused. gaite-lyrique.net
To celebrate the release of its 10th issue, the art review Les Cahiers Dessinés has organised an exhibition sharing not only its name, but also its goal to celebrate drawing as one of art's essential languages. Located in the Halle Saint Pierre, Paris's home of outsider art, it features a hand-picked selection of over 500 drawings from 67 artists, from Victor Hugo to Kiki Smith. Until 14 August. hallesaintpierre.org
On 16 May members of the public will be given the rare opportunity to visit some of Paris's finest museums after-hours, as part of the annual Nuit Européenne des Musées. With concerts, fireworks and torchlit tours on the cards, this is your chance to see your favourite Parisian museum in a brand new light. culturecommunication.gouv.fr/nuitdesmusees
The newly opened Philharmonie de Paris will be sprinkled with Ziggy Stardust from 3 March to 31 May as it plays host to the touring David Bowie Is exhibition, which took London's V&A by storm back in 2013. You'll be treated to a fascinating insight into the musical icon's creative process via hundreds of objects on display, including diary entries, previously unreleased recordings and stage costumes. philharmoniedeparis.fr
Following years of closure for renovation, the Musée Picasso recently reopened its doors to the public. Housed in the historic Hôtel Salé, it's home to the world's largest collection of the artist's masterpieces, including his Bull's Head found-object piece. Don't miss Picasso's personal collection of works by other artists, including Rousseau and Matisse, for a fascinating insight into what made this genius tick (5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003, museepicassoparis.fr).
Now is your chance to catch the first major European retrospective dedicated to Jeff Koons, the controversial American artist who plays with the concepts of appropriation and popular culture. The exhibition includes some of his most iconic, unapologetically kitsch work, as well as unveiling brand-new pieces, and runs until 27 April (Pompidou Centre, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004, centrepompidou.fr).
The Niki de Saint Phalle retrospective at the Grand Palais, which runs until 2 February, is the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to the sculptor, painter, and film-maker in 20 years. An explosion of colour and texture, it's an engaging introduction to the artist's vibrant, politically and socially charged oeuvre (3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008, grandpalais.fr).
Slow down your pace with a lazy stroll through the pretty and picturesque Albert Kahn gardens. There are a whole host of mini-gardens to explore, including a contemporary Japanese garden and French garden, so you can really get lost away from the rush of the city. albert-kahn.hauts-de-seine.net
If you're redecorating, then get inspired at the Puces du Design. Furniture fans travel from all over Europe to visit this vintage fair, and the 32nd edition takes place on 28-31 May. Attracting both established designers and fresh talent, this is the ideal opportunity to pick up a one-off piece. pucesdudesign.com
If you didn't sign up for this year's Marathon de Paris, which takes place on Sunday 12 April, you could go for a gentle jog (or leisurely stroll) in the beautiful Buttes Chaumont park instead. The sprawling green hills and bright flowers are sure to put a spring in your step (1 Rue Botzaris, 75019).
If you're already thinking about your next holiday, then take a trip to the Salon Mondial du Tourisme, France's biggest travel fair, which takes place on 19-22 March. Whether you're dreaming of a weekend city break or escaping to a far-flung location, you'll find plenty of inspiration here (Porte de Versailles, 75015, salons-du-tourisme.com/Paris).
Budding horticulturists and flower fanatics alike will delight in visiting the recently renovated Grandes Serres (greenhouses) at the Jardin des Plantes, which reopened in 2012. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by exploring a diverse collection of vegetation from all over the world, from tropical rainforest ecosystems to succulents from the Sahara desert (entrances at 57 Rue Cuvier, 2 Rue Buffon, 36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, Place Valhubert, 75005, jardindesplantes.net).
If you can't quite face braving the "grands magasins" during the winter sales, then head to FreeP'Star, a veritable vintage-clothing treasure trove packed to the brim with one-off pieces at bargain prices (8 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004, freepstar.com).